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Turn over a new page and grow your book business

Publisher discounts, print and digital marketing materials, easy access to expert retail advice and exclusive deals – it all needs to be at your fingertips. 

Why Leading Edge?

Our dedication lies in providing specialised retail aid to independent book businesses. Leveraging our 40 years of industry experience, expertise, and network, we extend valuable business prospects to our Members, such as purchasing power, supplier accessibility, cost-effectiveness, industry knowledge, leadership, and best practices to steer them towards success. 

Reason to join Leading Edge Books 

  • Discounts with all major book suppliers 

  • A catalogue program, including Autumn, Spring and Summer Reading Guides, plus a specialised Children’s catalogue 

  • Dedicated online book ordering system 

  • The option to participate in the Indie Book Awards 

  • A way to connect with like-minded peers through our Member and supplier network 

  • Membership to the National Retail Association valued at over $550 per year 

Support from leaders in retail

Our dedicated book category team has a combined 40 years of experience in the industry. Through their knowledge and expertise, Members are provided with a wide range of products deals, marketing solutions and additional business support. From managing inventory, negotiating merchant rates and dealing with lease agreements to training staff, we can help you get things done. 

Meet the Team

Discover your friendly Leading Edge Books team today!

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Leanne Kadareanu

Head of Category, Books

Leanne has extensive experience in the book industry across various roles including retail buying, product management, marketing and campaign management. Leanne works closely with publishers both large and small, plus a range of other suppliers to ensure the best deals for members. Leanne is passionate about supporting Australian independent booksellers to thrive in today’s retail market.

P: +61 2 8732 9522

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Leah McCarthy

Head of Memberships

Leah has worked with Leading Edge Retail for over ten years in various roles across the business, primarily with the Electronics and Appliances categories before taking on the Head of Memberships role.

P: +61 2 8732 9567

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Kaye Wright

Member Service Manager, Books

Kaye has worked in the publishing industry in various sales and marketing roles for over 30 years.

She is passionate about books and bookselling with a particular focus on independent booksellers.


 

P: +61 2 8732 9522

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Steve Pons

Category Assistant,
Books & Entertainment

Steve has 20 years of retail management and customer service experience, working for both small and large businesses in the books, entertainment and giftware sectors. He loves using this experience to connect with members and provide thoughtful service and valuable solutions.

P: +61 2 9052 4195

We’re here to help

You don’t have to go through all your challenges alone. In addition to our membership and category teams, our members have the support of experts and specialists in marketing, finance, operations and technology to help you reach more customers, manage cashflow, consolidate invoices and grow your business. Join Leading Edge and find out how we help independent retailers survive and thrive.

Give your book store the leading edge

Access better stock, save money and sell more with the support of the Leading Edge Books team.

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